Lauren Spierer Still Missing As Police Investigate William Clyde Gibson In Co-Ed's Disappearance

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Nearly a year after missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer disappeared, authorities are looking into whether multiple murder suspect William Clyde Gibson was involved in the 21-year-old blonde's disappearance.

While Bloomington, Ind., police will investigate whether Gibson, 54, is tied to Spierer's June 2011 disappearance, they're not optimistic that there will be a connection, the Journal News reported.

"We have no indication that there is any connection to Lauren's case, but we are certainly interested in anyone who comes to the attention of law enforcement for targeting women as victims," Bloomington police Capt. Joseph Qualters said. "That is the sole purpose for the inquiry."

William Clyde Gibson was arrested in connection with two Indiana murders -- the 2002 death of Jeffersonville, Ind., woman Karen Hodella, 44, and the April 19 killing of 75-year-old Christine Whitis of New Albany, Ind., WISH-TV reported.

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Lauren Spierer disappeared in June 2011 after a night of drinking in downtown Bloomington and hasn't been heard from since.

Spierer's family, who live in Westchester County, N.Y., told the Journal News last month that they believe their daughter is dead.

Gibson was charged with the death of Whitis last week and is also suspected of killing 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk, whose remains were located in the southern Indiana man's backyard, United Press International reported.

Spierer's parents, Rob and Charlene Spierer, have set up a website, FindLauren.com, to aid their search for their daughter. "Imagine learning one of the most important people in your world has disappeared and there is not enough information available from friends and acquaintances to find them," writes Rob and Charlene Spierer on the website. "There is no reason to think the people Lauren was last with, wouldn't do everything in their power to help us find her...we will never give up."

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